Eyes on the Street: Bike Corrals Protect Ninth Avenue Bike Lane
A new bike corral on 9th Avenue, between 39th and 40th Streets. Photo: Clarence Eckerson Jr. Bike parking corrals adjacent to a protected bike lane — a first for New York City, and perhaps the nation — have been installed along Ninth Avenue in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. Check out these pics from Clarence, snapped on [...]
Women’s (Bike) History: Ellen Fletcher
Even at age 83, even suffering from lung cancer, Ellen Fletcher rode her bike to City Hall for a hearing on bicycle improvements this past summer. That was the level of dedication that made Fletcher not just a local hero, but a national inspiration. As a Gold level Bicycle Friendly Community, Palo Alto remains a [...]
Bringing the Joy of Cycling to Brooklyn Schools
Few encounters are more memorable than those between children and new bikes. The magic was on full view at Wednesday’s launch of the CYCLE Kids program in Brooklyn at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. Throughout the morning, students handled bicycle tools, spun wheels, peppering volunteers with [...]
Potential Economic Impact a Driver for Rail-Trail Expansion in New Hampshire
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is, pardon the pun, blazing the trail when it comes to evaluating and promoting the economic impact that rail-trails can have on the communities they connect to.
When it comes to making the case for continued investment in trails, nothing is as persuasive as the hard evidence that destination trails bring trail users who bring dollars and cents to small communities, many of which are often struggling for sustainable commercial markets.
RTC's Manager of Trail Development in the Northeast, Carl Knoch, is a pioneer in the field of trail user surveys and capturing information about spending and visitation patterns. In the late 1990s, his research on trails in York County, Pennsylvania, helped make the case for investments in the region's trail network, and he continues this critical work with similar studies of spending and user data on trails throughout the Northeast.
Now, as the residents and businesses of Laconia, New Hampshire, seek to further develop the Winnisquam, Opechee and Winnipesaukee (WOW) Trail, they have tapped into the experience of Knoch and RTC to generate crucial local and regional support.
At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia, Knoch will present 'Capturing the Economic Potential of Rail Trails,' to WOW organizers, the Laconia Main Street Initiative and interested locals.
The WOW Trail is a developing trail that runs within an active railroad corridor in scenic central New Hampshire. Today, only 1.3 miles of trail are open for public use. However additional development phases are planned to eventually bring the trail to nine miles in length, connecting it with an existing trail in nearby Belmont and greatly expanding the trail's utility and appeal.
For more information about RTC's promotion of trail development in the Northeast, visit: www.railstotrails.org
Bicycling Means Business: How Cycling Enriches People and Cities
If bicyclists want to convince policymakers of the benefits of cycling, they need to stop talking about cycling. That was one major lesson of this year’s National Bike Summit, thanks to some strategic research done by a friendly consultant. So the Summit’s theme was “Bicycling Means Business” – and the economic impacts of a healthy [...]
Overheard at the Youth Bike Summit
Two weeks ago, Alliance members Recycle-A-Bicycle held their third annual Youth Bike Summit an inter-generational exchange between youth, advocates and educators from around the country who are working to promote bicycling and bicycle education in their communities. The Alliance for Biking & Walking was proud to sponsor the 2013 Youth Bike Summit as part of our efforts to support community bike shops.
The weekend was jam-packed with inspiring stories and lessons from youth and adults who are working to make bicycling more accessible in communities. Here are some of our favorite overheard comments from the event.
“On a bike, I was able to experience so many firsts. … I rode over my first bridge. I caught my first fish with my dad. I built my first bike. I went to the high line for the first time, I’m giving my first speech. And for the first time, I’m going to the National Bike Summit in DC. Everything is scary the first time, but if you can do it more than once, it can be a blast.”
-Devlynn Chen, pictured above, a senior at Brox High School of Science in New York City. As an advocate with Local Spokes in New York City, Devlynn works to boost biking in the Lower East Side and Chinatown. She will be attending Dickinson College in the fall.
“At first it sounded like a crazy idea that would never happen — to get youth from all over the country together to talk about bicycles.”
-Kimberly White, pictured above, former intern at Recycle-A-Bicycle and a founder of the Youth Bike Summit
“Due to the clear and present danger of bicycling to school, bicycling is discouraged.”
-Old transportation policy at a New Jersey public school. By working with the school, Sean Meehan, Program Director of NJ Safe Routes to Schools at the Voorhees Transportation Center, helped to replace the language with a more encouraging policy.
“Quality sidewalks and protected bike paths are not cute architectural features. They are a right.”
-Dr. Enrique Peñalosa, above, former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia. Dr. Peñalosa gave a keynote address at the summit.
“I’m thrilled to see so many young people participating in an event focused on environmental sustainability and social empowerment.”
-Councilmember Diana Reyna, New York City Council
“There are often three main obstacles to biking in low-income communities: where to get a bike, where to get a bike fixed, and people to ride with.”
-Keith Holt, above, Executive Director of Milwaukee Bicycle Works. Keith has been advocating for trail development and bicycling in large urban communities for almost a decade. He especially works to encourage ridership that best reflects the racial demographics of the communities that advocacy organizations serve.
“We want to highlight why people are biking, why people feel empowered by biking, why they love biking, and all the diverse neighborhoods that people are biking in.”
-Shelma Jun, above, Co-Founder of the Biking Public Project
“It started as wanting to cycle more, and it’s really turned into a movement.”
-Liz Jose, pictured above at far-left with the WE Bike crew, member and co-founder of WE Bike (Women’s Empowerment in Biking)
“We are a for-profit company, but we’re doing it because it’s something we believe in. We believe in the power of the bicycle to improve the world.”
-Jay Ferm, above, Advocacy Director at Planet Bike